Master of Science in User Experience Design
Roles in One of America’s Hottest Fields
UX designer jobs are part of the fastest-growing career fields in the United States1 for reasons that should come as little surprise. Quality user experience design (UXD) can lead to an increase in site conversions of up to 400 percent,2 which can greatly impact brand loyalty and sales, and a majority (57 percent) of web users say they won’t recommend a business with a poor mobile experience.3 For those watching the bottom line, these statistics make UX design a critical contributor to profitability.
But perhaps of greater interest to prospective UX designers is this: Not only is there rising demand for UX design professionals, it is also a field in which people find great personal satisfaction. In a national survey of UX design professionals, 81 percent of respondents rated their current career satisfaction at a five or higher on a scale of one to seven. These individuals reported feeling highly valued, said their work was challenging and engaging, and felt their work was beneficial to humanity.4
Take advantage of the robust market for exciting and fulfilling UX designer jobs, and build the skills you may need to accelerate your UX design career. It all starts here.
Popular Career Paths in UX Design
Within the realm of UX design, there are numerous unique roles to consider. Think you’re looking only for the title “UX Designer?” Think again. While this recognizable role is a great fit for graduates of the online MS in UXD, others like it are equally attainable and often come with attractive salaries.
User Experience Designer7
- Median salary: $98,800
- Top salary: $155,000
User Experience Researcher8
- Median salary: $106,800
- Top salary: $175,500
User Interface Designer9
- Median salary: $104,800
- Top salary: $167,500
From Our Students
Alesha Arp, MS ’16
During my 16 months in the program, I discovered that my professors were all practitioners, and the challenges that we were being given in class were practical, not theoretical. When I graduated, I walked out of Kent State with real-world experience, ready to hit the ground running from the day I got my degree.
Find Your UXD Career Path
Because UXD represents a diverse set of skills and focus areas, there are several unique career paths to consider. In addition to the three mentioned, here are even more roles you could consider after earning your online MS in UXD.
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1 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from onwardsearch.com/career-center/ux-careers-guide/
2 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/03/23/the-bottom-line-why-good-ux-design-means-better-business/#37d941952396
3 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from socpub.com/articles/the-5-mobile-marketing-mistakes-infographic-14849
4 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from media.nngroup.com/media/reports/free/User_Experience_Careers.pdf
5 etrieved on November 10, 2020 from glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm
6 Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from Kent State alumni from graduating cohorts between 2016-2020.
7 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/UX-Designer-Salary
8 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/UX-Researcher-Salary
9 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/User-Interface-Design-Salary
10 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Usability-Analyst-Salary
11 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Information-Architect-Salary
12 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Interactive-Designer-Salary
13 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Visual-Designer-Salary
14 Information reflects self-reported data gathered from Kent State University students enrolled in the online Master of Science in User Experience Design from fall 2014 through summer 2018.